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Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce still waffling about playing for Clippers next season

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Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says Kevin Garnett hasn’t informed Minnesota whether he’ll play next season. Ray Allen might come out of retirement, according to Doc Rivers.

There’s just something about the Celtics’ former big three.

Nearly a month ago, Paul Pierce was leaning toward returning to the Clippers but was unsure. He apparently still hasn’t made up his mind.

Chris Forsberg of ESPN:

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that 38-year-old Paul Pierce remains on the fence about returning for his 19th season but believes Pierce has something left in the tank.

“Depends on the day I talk to him. Paul has had the summer, he’s gone back and forth,” Rivers said while back in Boston to host the annual ABCD Hoops Dream fundraiser at TD Garden. “I think he has a right to do that. I really do.

“Paul didn’t have the best year last year. I don’t think he wants to go out that way. So I think that’s why he’s working to try to come back. But he still may change his mind next week. So we just have to wait. I told him if I see him at training camp, I’m assuming he’s playing.”

When 38-year-olds have a bad season, they don’t usually improve at 39. Father time is undefeated, and Pierce might just be done as a positive contributor.

Still, he’s under contract for another year, and Rivers holds him in high regard. Pierce would bring intangible value and maybe some clutch moments.

And if Pierce retires, Rivers remains adamant in his plan for the forward.

Phil Jackson says Kurt Rambis first suggested Jeff Hornacek as Knicks coach, which is just start of the spin

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Head coach Phil Jackson (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers and assistant Kurt Rambis sit on the bench during the game with the Los Angeles Clippers on November 5, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Phil Jackson seemingly wanted to hire his friend Kurt Rambis as the Knicks’ non-interim head coach.

With that opportunity of a lifetime in front of him, what did Rambis do? Suggest Jeff Hornacek, who ultimately got the job.

At least that’s what Jackson says.

Jackson, via Charley Rosen of Today’s Fastbreak:

It was Kurt Rambis who first suggested Jeff. They had played together in Phoenix for several seasons so Kurt had a good read on Jeff.

Yeah, right. This reeks of Jackson trying to frame Rambis’ demotion as admirable rather than the necessary upgrade to a better coach.

If that weren’t enough…

Jackson, via Rosen:

After Jeff retired, he was still living in Phoenix but accepted a job as Utah’s shooting coach. Whenever he could, Jeff would commute from Phoenix to Salt Lake City so he could spend as much time as possible with his family. So, his being such a devoted family man was another thing that impressed me.

Jackson knows something about working in one city while his personal life is tied to another place. So does former Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

But Hornacek was initially just a part-time shooting coach with the Jazz. He delayed becoming a full-time assistant coach until his kids were older, so he wouldn’t have to compromise his family life or job.

Jackson took a full-time job with the Knicks – at least in theory. If Jackson is trying to compare his work ethic/personal travel to Hornacek, it doesn’t hold up.

Report: Tristan Thompson dating Khloe Kardashian

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16:  TV personality Khloe Kardashian attends the NBCUniversal 2016 Upfront Presentation on May 16, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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LeBron James‘ return brought unprecedented attention to the Cavaliers. Their 2016 championship amplified it.

Here comes more, via Tristan Thompson.

Melody Chiu and Blake Bakkila of People:

Khloé Kardashian has a new man in her life, a source exclusively confirms to PEOPLE. The reality star and NBA player Tristan Thompson are casually dating.

“Khloé and Tristan have been seeing each other for a little bit,” a source tells PEOPLE. “He’s a really nice, good guy and she seems very happy with him.”

Kardashian was married to Lamar Odom and previously dated James Harden. Will this add a layer to Cavaliers-Rockets games?

Allen Iverson misses scheduled Hall of Fame event for students

HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04:  Allen Iverson poses on the court as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame 2016 Class is announced during a break in the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Allen Iverson arrived late to a press conference before his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Reaching Springfield, Mass., hasn’t gotten the former 76ers star on schedule.

Tom Westerholm of MassLive:

Allen Iverson, 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame guard, was supposed to make an appearance at Commerce High School in Springfield on Friday — a community event scheduled by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and an opportunity to speak in front of the student body.

Commerce students were gathered into the school auditorium and seemed very excited, cheering every time it appeared that the former Philadelphia 76ers guard might have arrived. Scattered chants of “We want A-I” started up as they waited. When a Sixers employee took snapchats with the crowd as everyone waited, the auditorium exploded with cheers.

Iverson, who also arrived late to Thursday’s Hall of Fame press conference, never showed up.

 

Sheryl Swoopes, also being inducted this year, and Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy spoke to the students.

Magic sign six, including Cliff Alexander and Branden Dawson

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The Magic have just 13 players with guaranteed salaries and had been quiet about filling their roster.

Now, Orlando is making its public splash by announcing six players who’ve signed what are likely unguaranteed or barely guaranteed deals. One or two will presumably claim the final two regular-season roster spots.

Magic release:

The Orlando Magic have signed six free agents: forward Cliff Alexander, forward Branden Dawson, guard Nick Johnson, guard Kevin Murphy, center Arinze Onuaku (ah-RIN-zay on-ooh-AH-koo) and forward Damjan Rudez (DAHM-yahn ROO-dezh)

Alexander was a highly touted recruit who played only a limited role his lone year at Kansas. He went undrafted last year then spent the season with the Trail Blazers, playing just eight NBA games. He’s an undersized big who can block shots and finish at the rim, but he must develop the rest of his game.

Dawson was arrested for domestic violence while with the Clippers last season, but he wasn’t charged, prosecutors citing lack of evidence. An undersized power forward, he also barely played last year.

Johnson fell out of the NBA after spending his rookie season, 2014-15, with the Rockets. At 6-foot-3, he’s an undersized shooting guard without a reliable 3-pointer or a point guard without enough distributing skills. His ability to attack off the dribble gives him a chance.

Murphy, a shooting guard, has played overseas and in the D-League since a one-year stint with the Jazz in 2012-13 coming out of Tennessee Tech.

Onuaku has had cups of coffee with the Pelicans, Cavaliers and Timberwolves. At 29, he’ll have to prove himself based on current production rather than upside.

Rudez’s signing was previously reported.